Commemorating 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, ’Looking Back, Looking Forward’ is a series of spoken word events taking place throughout the year in venues across Derby.

Eighteen poets and spoken word artists are to produce work on the themes of looking back, looking at life now, and to what LGBT+ life might be like in 50 years time, to be showcased at three special events throughout 2017. Each event will showcase the inaugural readings of commissioned work and also have open mic slots available for those who want to read their own work.

The first of these events is themed to look at experiences of LGBT+ life pre 1967, taking place tomorrow evening (Friday 19th May) at The Clubrooms at The Guildhall Theatre in Derby. From 7-9.30pm you can be blessed with words from Kevin Jackson, Richard Bryt, Narvel Annable, Gregory Woods and Peter Presland-Scott.

The second event in looks at LGBT life now, taking place on Friday July 28th at Quad in Derby. Featuring works performances from myself and others.

The last event will explore LGBT life and what it might be like in 50 years time.  This will take place on Friday 22nd September at 67 Bridge Street, Derby at Derby Student’s Union as a part of student fresher week.

This is where it gets even more exciting.

Furthest from the Sea are still searching for LGBT poets to get on board with the July & September events. Want to be a part of the celebrations and perform some poetry alongside me? Send in your submissions to Dan Webber at or to ask any questions you might have.

LGBT+ and spoken word have always had a strong relationship, from protest chants to impassioned speeches, poetry and prose exploring personal expression and identity, spoken word has allowed LGBT+ people to express themselves, recognise themselves in another’s words, or know that they have support from those who understand. At the very least, we want to see you all down at the events with your utmost love and support. It’s free entry so we’ll be having no excuses!

Looking Back, Looking Forward’, is presented by LGB-QWERTY in association with Derbyshire LGBT+, supported by Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC, Twisted Tongues and University of Derby.





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